One of the most frightful sights in football is when a player stays on the turf after the play is over and lays motionless.
Devon Gales was living his dream, playing football for Georgia Southern and following in his fathers footsteps. Then, on a kickoff that was like any other, Gales didn’t get up.
ESPN did a spotlight on Gales and the lifelong bond that he now has with the Georgia Bulldogs program following that day.
It is incredible to see the resilience and the progress that Gales has already made in his recovery. Determined to get back to full functionality, he is an inspiration to anyone who faces a challenge so daunting, few would blame you for giving up and accepting your fate.
But Gale refuses to do that and has made tremendous improvement in his mobility, despite shattering his C6 vertebrae in the collision.
It is stories like this that are making more and more athletes consider other, safer sports when desiring to capitalize upon their athletic ability. While Gales will never play football again, he seems determined to beat the odds and walk again someday.